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Monday, 28 May 2012

Guest Post by Ann Montclair


Today I'm hosting Ann Montclair and her new romance "One Wet Summer".

E-Publishing by Choice

Many writers self-publish to great benefit.  They build audiences, sell books, become better writers, and share none of the income with agents, editors, or publishers.  When I began my journey to become a writer, I did it the old-fashioned way.  I got a degree in writing, wrote a book then began querying agents.  I had a few request manuscripts and then came rejections.  A normal course of action for many beginning authors, right?

I kept writing, and by the time I finished a third novel, I decided to try querying directly to an electronic publisher. I had quick luck.  My third romance novel was snapped up by Soul Mate Publishing and became The Billionaire’s Bauble.  

I kept writing and found a home for my second romance with Musa Publishing.  One Wet Summer was released May 25th. Musa has also contracted my next two books, Good Things Come in Tall Packages (which features two of the characters from One Wet Summer)Good Things… will be published August 18th, and Lady in Deed, my Tudor historical romance, will be out around Christmas time.

It happened fast, and I have loved every thrilling minute of it.  

I’m glad to be working with a publishing company.  I have more faith in the product and growing confidence in my abilities as a writer.  My books receive general editing, line editing, and final editing.  I work on cover art and marketing with professionals in their fields. My critique partners help as I craft, but once I get a complete draft, the editors step in and lend a hand.  I find their suggestions invaluable in making my stories better. From coaching me how to write taglines and blurbs, to fine tuning my sentences, they stand behind me and beside me as I revise and make ready my novels.

I know I probably won’t get rich writing, and each penny I have to share means less for me.  But in the end, I think the input my publishers provide is well worth every cent. 

If you’ve done it all on your own, I commend you.  For me, I couldn’t be where I am without Soul Mate Publishing and Musa Publishing.  They believe in my sensual, emotional, character driven stories, and I hope they will earn what I owe them for their commitment to my success.

Here’s the blurb for my newest contemporary romance novel:

One Wet Summer
Questioning her life plans and risking her heart to the hotelier and his motherless daughter weren’t on the vacationing teacher’s to do list—funny how things can change in a heartbeat.
Maura Fields loves her uncomplicated, independent, single life, but things quickly change when a summer vacation opens the door to an unexpected world of passion and desire. Wealthy Savannah hotelier Ben Driscoll had his playboy lifestyle upended when his ex-wife died, entrusting him to care for their daughter—a child he sequesters and vows to protect from future heartache and disappointment. Can the wall Ben has built around his heart withstand the assault from the intriguing, beguiling Maura, or will it crumble, leaving him vulnerable to the undeniable attraction and unbridled need to make her his own?


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Learn more about Ann Montclair and her books at http://www.annmontclair.com


Thursday, 3 May 2012

It’s Publisher Appreciation Week!


Today I’m blogging about my two wonderful publishers, Total-e-Bound and Naughty Nights Press.

I’ve been with Total-e-Bound for just over a year. I can still remember the day I got the email accepting “The Hand He Dealt” for publication; showing my husband the message on my phone as we went out for dinner and then sitting with a goofy grin at the table in the restaurant clutching a champagne cocktail.

In the weeks that followed I was invited to join forums and write peer reviews, had a cover made by Posh Gosh which was stunning, and with the help of my brilliant editor Rebecca Hill put together the final copy of my very first novel.

I can’t thank them enough. Rebecca has since left, but my new editor Sue will be working with me on my new piece “I Heard Your Voice”, and I look forward to that immensely.

I first became aware of Naughty Nights Press when Gina Kincade contacted me and invited me to submit to her (OK, that sounded a lot sexier than it was – sorry, I’m not naturally submissive J). Shortly afterwards I submitted “Assume the Position”, which was accepted, and without a moment’s hesitation I was invited to join NNP’s Facebook group, where I was welcomed into the fold.

So I’d like to offer up a big thank you to all at Total-e-Bound and Naughty Nights Press – I couldn’t do without you, and I hope to work with you for a very long time!